We all know that sometimes prequels aren’t a good idea in retrospect as they might tarnish something of the first entry of a franchise (see X-Men Origins: Wolverine) but in this case, they are doing something for an anime franchise (well, one based from a series of visual light novels) that is in dire need of help and thankfully one studio got the power and budget to make it work.
Our #8 anime pick is…..
Fate/Zero was a miracle for the Fate anime franchise as a whole since looking at the previous series Fate/Stay Night (2006) and yikes, that was a mess. Here we have an engaging epic story of The Holy Grail War which 7 mages summon heroic spirits to compete to obtain that power. I loved the way the series handled with the hero aspect to our lead Kiritsugu Emiya with a darker tone than what his son did in the first series (and even in the rebooted series, which is just as good but not this) and this is a dialogue-heavy series that is very engaging through these characters that really go through some progression especially Waver Velvet, who annoyed me during the first few episodes but got used to him later on. There is also beautiful action animation from ufotable and that glorious Yuki Kaijura score added in there as well.
Fate/Zero didn’t even feel like a prequel to the original series. It was like its own tale and thanks to ufotable making FSN: UBW (2014), you don’t even have to watch the lackluster 2006 series.
Animated by ufotable / licensed by ANIPLEX OF AMERICA